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Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum


Kendal is a pioneering Teaching Museum - where history and nature meet. One of the oldest museums in the UK, founded in 1796. Since 1918 housed in a beautiful historic building, once a wool warehouse. The museum comprises of four galleries:

The Kendal and Westmorland Gallery houses our local social history, including information and memorabilia relating to Alfred Wainwright from when he was an Honorary Curator. Also a wide ranging Archaeology collection.

The World Wildlife Gallery houses on the largest natural history collections in Europe, including our Polar Bear.

The Lake District Natural History Gallery has one of the largest collections of minerals from the Lake District and Northern England, along with local natural history.

The Temporary Exhibition Gallery has a rolling program of exhibitions.

The shop features local artists' work, gifts, toys and books. The cafe offers a selection of drinks and snacks in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Step-free access limited to two of four galleries.

Opening details

Open Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00am to 16:00pm

Please allow 1.5 hours for your visit. Closed for 1 week at Christmas.


Entry £2 per person (under 5's free)

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Station Road,



Plan route to Kendal Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 518931  Lat: 54.33116 Long: -2.74269

Leave A591 at roundabout for A5284 at town centre turn left into Sandes Avenue and continue straight ahead to Station Road. Car park on right.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Kendal station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Step-free access limited to two of four galleries.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 5
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair


  • Our cafe has snacks only. Pre-packaged, some gluten free.

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